After 10 levels of play here on Day 1 of Event #59: $3,000 Omaha Hi-Low, Marvin Rosen finished with 75,300 to post a wide lead over the formidable Brian Rast, who bagged 61,600. Rosen seems to favor Omaha eight-or-better, as five of his eight recorded cashes have come in the game, though they are all in the pot-limit format. The Roslyn, New York, native seeks his first six-figure live score.
The first iteration of this tournament drew a healthy count of 457 entrants, generating a prize pool that will award $286,976 to first place. The field was loaded with big names, some of whom failed to survive the Day 1 grind. Their number included Mike "The Mouth" Matusow, Robert Mizrachi, Ben Yu, Daniel Idema, Maria Ho, Brian Hastings, Tom Schneider, Jason Mercier, and Phil Hellmuth.
Notables who still have a good shot after bagging above-average stacks were David Williams (51,500), Vanessa Selbst (51,200), Amnon Filippi (49,200), Jen Harman (46,100), the white-hot Brandon Shack-Harris (42,200), and Justin Bonomo (39,500).
Day 2 will commence at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, at which point you should come right back here for more coverage of the tournament on PokerNews.